13 Oct 2020

Emma Donoghue + VWF

The show must go on. Well, if it can. And, thankfully – despite all that 2020 has to ‘offer’ – the Vancouver Writers Festival will go on. The VWF was launched in 1988 by Founding Artistic Director Alma Lee, and declared the Best Large Canadian Literary Festival by the Canadian

25 Sep 2020

The Uffizi

It’s one of the reasons that so many art lovers return again and again to Florence. The Uffizi Gallery houses an extraordinary collection of paintings, with masterpieces from Boticelli to Michelangelo, Caravaggio to Giotto, Leonardo to Raffaello. The Uffizi sits in the first two floors of a building that was

15 Sep 2020

Miscast On Broadway

With Sutton Foster, it’s hard to know where to start with career highlights. Her Broadway resume begins when she was in her late teens and includes a what’s what of shows over the decades: Annie, Les Misérables, South Pacific, Funny Girl, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Music Man, Into the Woods.

25 Aug 2020

Guggenheim Bilbao

Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to visit Spain’s Guggenheim Bilbao. Perhaps it’s on your hole in the bucket list for a travel-friendly future. In the meantime, there is much to see of the museum online. The Bilbao had an instant, enormous impact when it was officially opened by King Juan

07 Aug 2020

Shoes Shoes Shoes

Sigh. What is it about shoes? Perhaps it’s the art of the midnight blue boot that beckons you with its silver studded heel. Or maybe it’s the buttery craftsmanship of the double-strap Mary Janes that cradle your feet as you lunge up the stairs. With shoes, you can go out on

21 Jul 2020

Missing Museums + Galleries

In a year that wasn’t 2020, lots of us would be looking to visit new cities – by car, by train, by air – and their museums and galleries. Thankfully, several great art institutes offer online browsing through their rooms and exhibits. Some of these museums have built their own

07 Jul 2020

@ The Broad

Across the street and up the block from LA’s MOCA is the gorgeously lit Broad Museum. Founded by collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in 2015 and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the Broad offers free admission. With more than two thousand pieces of art

23 Jun 2020

Blooming Flowers + Opera Plants

‘How does the Meadow-flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free Down to its root, and, in that freedom, bold.’ So wrote William Wordsworth in this excerpt from his 1842 poem: ‘A Poet! He hath put his heart to school.’ Bringing flowers inside – from a quick

02 Jun 2020

The Alvin Ailey Dancers + Barton

On March 30th, 1958, the Alvin Ailey dancers performed for the first time at New York’s 92nd Street YM-YWHA. Audiences were shocked to see this troupe of young, technically trained African American dancers performing modern ballet choreography to a diverse range of music that included gospel, the blues and traditional

19 May 2020

Palace Escape

We shelter safely in our homes. We squint into the screen and chat box to box. We are lucky in so many ways. But, sometimes it’s fun to dream of supersized rooms with impossibly high ceilings, sweeping views, wasted corners, and forbidden passageways. So, to roam free in gilded splendour